Smartphone addiction in young people

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Two large shareholders have urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and if intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health.

The "growing societal unease" over the intensive use of smartphones by children "at some point is likely to impact even Apple," they warned.

"There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences" on their health, said Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs) in a letter sent to Apple last week.

The two shareholders between them own about $2 billion in Apple shares.

They urged the company to develop additional means for parents to restrict the use of mobile phones by their children.